Please check the two icons in the red box in the image below. Can anyone tell me what they are for and how to make them go away?
The first icon is your popup blocker. The second icon (the gear ) is your toolbars and extensions icon.
If you want them to go away, turn off your popup blocker and disable your extensions.
For what its worth, a stock install of IE8 on windows XP does not show those icons.